Han Lixun, designer of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies,  will give a presentation at UCF on March 13. The world-renowned designer will share his design experiences; anyone interested in hearing about the design process, from conceptualization to realization, is invited to attend.

His presentation will last an hour with a 15-minute period for questions and answers. The talk will be held at the Performing Arts Center Theatre building in the Large Design Room (PAC T-119, Room 244) from 3-4:30 p.m. The event is free. Han, the chief designer for 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, is visiting the United States to present his work and to speak with university students. He will reveal the ins and outs working behind scenes of the ceremony with some of the most well-known figures in contemporary arts world.

The presentation will cover conceptualization and bidding to material and technical choices, from contextualizing the design in a given space to the collaboration with architects and engineers, from experimentation on mechanical, multi-media and lighting devices to testing the validity of his visual modeling. His presentation will provide students with insight into China’s historical inventions and contemporary culture, including its politics, ethics, aesthetics, technology and the world of design.

Han graduated as a scenic designer from Shanghai Theatre Academy, China, in 1985, and later studied the art of space design at Art Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany, under Karl Kneidl, Han’s career spans from theatrical design, to event design, interior design, theme-park design, public art, art installation and site specific theatre. As an artist, he had solo exhibitions in China National Museum of Art, Saarland, Western Germany, Nanjing History Museum and German Embassy in Beijing. In the field of design, he worked on drama, opera, music concert, musical and most frequently, grant-opening events throughout China. His most influential work includes 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening ceremony, China Symphony Orchestra Special Concert in celebration of 50th anniversary of United Nations, Shanghai International Trade Fairs Beijing Week and the Opening Ceremony of forth East Asian Games.

Currently, he is working with pianist Lang Lang and French music composer Alexandre Desplat on a music-visual conversational performance in Paris and Shanghai, as well as preparing for the opening ceremony of the upcoming East Asian Games. As a scholar, he taught at Shanghai Theatre Academy and later lectured at some of China’s best schools such as Nankai University, Qinghua University and Beijing Dance Academy

Besides UCF, Han’s two-week U.S. tour will include residencies at Kennesaw State University, State University of New York at Buffalo, and University of Pittsburgh, as well as meetings with theatrical and theme park designers/technicians.